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On 10 June 1952, the Library of FAO was officially opened and named the David Lubin Memorial Library:
"In recognition of the foresight, leadership, and outstanding contribution of David Lubin to international co-operation in the field of agriculture". (FAO Conference 1950)

Today the David Lubin Memorial Library preserves one and a half million FAO and non-FAO publications, among which a collection of rare books and incunabula and the historic collections of the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA), the predecessor of FAO. [more]

The Library welcomes both FAO staff and external visitors.

Digital resources

FAO staff has access to a number of digital resources like EIU, EconLit and some important bibliographic databases like the Web of Science and CAB Abstracts. For an overview of online journals please browse the FAO Journal Finder.

Explore the catalog

Search the public online FAO Library Catalog to find FAO documents since 1945 (digital and print), non FAO monographs since 1976 and an extensive FAO and non FAO serials collection. To consult the IIA collections and pre-1976 non FAO material, write us at fao-library-reference@fao.org.


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May: Soil pollution


Monthly overview of new resources added to the FAO library collections.

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FAO treasures on display

From the Historic Monographs collection

To contribute to the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution we showcase this month Silent Spring (1962) by Rachel Carson.

In this scientific classic Carson documented the negative effects of the indiscriminate use of synthetic pesticides on natural ecosystems and the public health.  


Click on cover to access the online version of: chapter 5 'Realms of soil', the introduction and afterword.

This important book and its related publications:
Since Silent Spring
Before Silent Spring  Beyond Silent Spring
will be displayed in the library during May.

For more information on the FAO library collections, consult the book The story of the FAO Library.


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